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Less Is More: Why You Should Pitch Your Music to Fewer Publications

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Logic dictates that the more music bloggers you reach out to about your band, the more coverage you’ll receive.

Not necessarily.

Here's Why You Should Think Twice About Taking a Low-Paying Gig

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Musicians seem to have a problem asking for money. It can be tempting to accept low-paying jobs as a way to set yourself apart from the competition, particularly if you're just starting out. The paradox of this approach, however, is that it can lead to a dangerous downward spiral that’s not just bad for you, but for all musicians. Here are a few things to consider before you take a low-paying gig.

7 Times You'll Want to Give Up Your Career (And How to Get Past Them)

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Ask any self-professed lifer, and they'll admit it freely: making a career as a DIY, independent musician is not easy. At some point, you may want to abandon music-making in search of a more financially stable and less emotionally and physically trying path.

For some, that may be the right move; nobody has any business faulting you for making a choice with your own well-being in mind. But a big-picture mentality – recognizing the ruts as temporary and making steps to skirt, or at least smooth over, the next potential set of bumps – can help you regain the strength and focus you need for the long haul.

It's totally understandable that the slew of inherent struggles, like relentless touring, penny pinching, and constantly pouring your soul out in the studio and onstage only to feel stagnant afterward, would wear you down.

Before you call it quits, though, consider our best advice to get through these seven disheartening moments most artists endure at one point or another.

What Does Mentorship in the Music Industry Look Like?

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One of the most common pieces of advice that musicians receive about advancing their career is the advice to find a good mentor – someone you look up to who can guide you along the path of building a successful music career.

While this sounds great in theory, finding someone who's actually willing to invest in you over a long period of time can be a real challenge, especially if you’re not that well-connected in the music industry to begin with.

Perhaps, then, it’s time we took a look at what mentorship actually looks like, especially in a creative and dynamic field like the music industry.

3 Reasons That Probably Explain Why You're Not Signed Yet

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In this industry, when we get turned down, we don't always get a reason. Simply a “pass” or “no thanks” is often the only comment, and we're left to wonder why. Sometimes, if you're polite and ask in the right way, you can find out the thought process behind your rejection.

I recommend doing so whenever possible. It'll only make you better in the future. For now, though, I've compiled three common reasons you might not get signed.